White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins


White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins

Infobox nrhp
name = White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins
nrhp_type =


caption = The lodge at White Pines State Park was constructed as part of the New Deal.
location = Ogle County, Illinois, USA
nearest_city = Mount Morris
lat_degrees = 42
lat_minutes = 2
lat_seconds =51
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 89
long_minutes = 26
long_seconds = 2
long_direction = W
area =
built = 1933-1939
architect =Joseph F. Booten [http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/hargis/ Property Information Report] , White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins, HAARGIS Database, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 2 February 2007.]
architecture = Vernacular
added = March 4, 1985 [ [http://www.nr.nps.gov/nrloc1.htm NRIS Database] , National Register of Historic Places, retrieved January 24, 2007.]
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
refnum = 85002404
mpsub = MPL012 - Illinois State Park Lodges and Cabins Thematic Resources
governing_body = Private Ownership

The White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins are located in rural Ogle County, Illinois near the village of Mount Morris. They were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The Cabins are one of two Historic Places found in or near Mount Morris, the other is the Samuel M. Hitt House. The Lodge and Cabins are part of a National Register Multiple Property Submission, they were submitted with several other state park lodges, all designed by Joseph F. Booten. [http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/hargis Multiple Property Submissions Report] , Illinois State Park Lodges and Cabins Thematic Resources, HAAGIS Database, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 2 February 2007.]

History

, The Lodge and Cabins are privately managed as a "wilderness getaway," thus, they are privately owned and operated.

With the Great Depression in full swing the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) sought to relieve the work needs of unemployed Americans. The National Park Service sought to work with state governments in an effort to meet those ends. Many of the projects the CCC was involved with were construction projects. The project at White Pines was originally meant to be the construction of a lodge building. Two hundred men worked on the State Park construction project at one time, in the years 1933-1939, many of them World War I veterans.Pensoneau, Liz. [http://www.lib.niu.edu/ipo/2001/oi011212.html Yule Love It] , "Outdoor Illinois", December 2001, Northern Illinois University, Illinois Periodicals Online. Retrieved January 24, 2007.]

After the lodge was completed, it was decided to build a restaurant and breezeway onto the lodge building. Logs for most of the project were shipped via railroad from as far away as Oregon and Washington state, unloaded in Stratford, Illinois and dragged to the construction site by teams of horses. The CCC project also completed sixteen one room log cabins and three four-bedroom cabins. The work crews also built picnic shelters, trail shelters and foot bridges. Only the logs for the cabins came from another source. They were purchased from a salvage company that had purchased utility poles from a defunct utility company at the price of 30 cents a piece.

As of 2007, the site was home to the sixteen one room cabins and the lodge building, which had been renovated and revamped. Modern amenities were available and the site is operated as a private lodge. [http://dnr.state.il.us/lodges/ Lodge and Concessions Information] , White Pines Inn, Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved January 24, 2007.]

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), White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins, HAARGIS Database, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 2 February 2007.]

Architecture

The architecture of the lodge and cabins at White Pines was probably most influenced by the limitations on size instilled by the conservation effort underway at the southernmost stand of native white pines in the United States. [http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R1/WHITEPNS.HTM#History White Pines Forest State Park - History] , Illinois Department of Conservation. Retrieved 2 February 2007.] When the site was under consideration for the lodge and cabins it had already seen extensive recreational use by the surrounding population. That use threatened to unhinge the delicate balance that existed within White Pines fragile ecosystem. As such, the Illinois State Park Plan, implemented at the time of the lodge's construction, already called for additional state recreational areas in the northern Illinois area to alleviate the burden on White Pines. Because of the concern for conservation at the site, the White Pines State Park Lodge and Cabins is the smallest of the five sites on the Multiple Property Submission. Despite it's relative small size, especially compared to the Starved Rock Lodge or the Pere Marquette Lodge, the complex remains faithful to Booten's vision of "fanciful forest retreats."

Lodge

The lodge was the first structure to be completed at the site.

Exterior

The lodge building at White Pines is really a combination of two building's connected by a covered breezeway. The north building contains the lounge and the south building a dining room and kitchen. Both rectangular lodge buildings are of unhewn pine log construction and set on a limestone base. Gable roofs are covered with wood shakes and supported by exposed interior log rafters. Both of the building's have stone chimneys extending from the large stone fireplaces which form the interior focal point. The building almost comprehensively makes use of wooden logs in its construction, the only non-wood part of the lodge, and for that matter the cabins, are its stone fireplaces and chimneys.

Cabins

The cabins, constructed after initial construction at the lodge was completed, are laid out in a circular pattern north of the lodge. The whole cabin area is ringed by a blacktop road and is set in a stand of white pines.

Exterior

The northern three cabins are the larger of the sixteen structures, being family units with multiple rooms. The remaining thirteen cabins are single room buildings. Like the lodge they are of largely unhewn log construction and feature stone chimneys extending from their roofs.

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